Kaye, Lenny
United States, 1946
guitarist, composer and writer

Lenny Kaye

Lenny Kaye is a guitarist and writer. As a young musician, he toured and played with various bands and worked as a journalist for American music publications. He met Patti Smith in the record store where he worked, and they started playing together in 1971 — their artistic efforts would bear fruit as one of rock’s most long-lived and influential bands: The Patti Smith Group. Kaye was involved in making eleven albums with The Patti Smith Group, from the iconic Horses in 1975 to Banga in 2012. In addition, he collaborated with many other prominent artists such as Suzanne Vega, R.E.M., Allen Ginsberg and Pussy Riot. He is the author of several books, including Lightning Striking, on the history of rock and roll, which he published in 2021.

Speaker at

Revolution of Hope


Nexus Conference 2021

The Revolution of Hope

Saturday 20 November 2021 NO&B / online


Nexus Symposium

An Education in Counterculture

26 May 2018 13.30 – 17.30 DeLaMar Theatre Amsterdam

Published in

Cultura Animi

The Grace of Age

Cultura Animi V
Journal Nexus

Nexus 90

De gratie van de ouderdom
Journal Nexus

Nexus 78

Lessen in tegencultuur